Simplify and Save $500

$500?  How?

Well, I've been yammering on about simplifying my beauty and cleaning routines, and it turns out that not only is the process saving my space, sanity and health, it's saving me dough

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I used to spend money on:

Cleaning Products:

  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner - $2.99
  • Glass Cleaner - $3.39
  • Antibacterial Surface Cleaner - $2.99
  • Bathroom Spray Cleaner - $2.99
  • Shower & Tile Spray Cleaner - $3.99
  • Laundry Detergent - $12.99 (53 oz/66 uses)
  • Bounce Dryer Sheets - $9.39 (200 ct.)
  • Air Freshener/Room Spray - $2.99

Cleaning Products Total: $46.45 (tax incl.)

Paper & Single Use Products:

  • Qtips - $2.99 (500 ct.)
  • Cotton Balls $2.24 (200 ct.)
  • Paper Napkins - $4.19 (500 ct.)
  • Kitchen Sponges - $5.89 (6 ct.)

Single Use Total: $16.80 (tax incl.)

Beauty:

  • Shampoo $19.99
  • Conditioner $19.99
  • Nighttime Face Lotion - $14.99
  • Bath Gel - $13.99
  • Shave Gel - $2.64
  • Body Lotion - $15.99
  • Aveda Damage Remedy Hair Balm - $24
  • Thermal Protectant Hair Cream - $25
  • Clearasil Face Wash - $7.79
  • Apricot Face Scrub - $3.04

Beauty Total: $161.79 (incl. tax)

Total for all: $225.  Let's assume I have to buy these things 3 times a year.  

That's $675 per year.

I've replaced the cleaning supplies with a gallon of white vinegar ($3), washing soda ($4), and Sal Suds ($14), the single use items with napkins, rags and rounds made from old shirts (free!), the beauty supplies with a bar of shampoo/body soap ($8), and a bottle of jojoba oil ($7). 

Cost for all of that:  $36.  Assuming I have to buy all that 4 times a year, that's $144 per year. 

Savings?

Cash savings per year: $531

Total time savings from only using a few products.  Immeasurable.  

Total health savings from not having to smear so many chemicals in and around my house, priceless.